What happened this day in history January 8

What are the important events that happened on January 8? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

January 8: Facts & Myths About This Day

January 8 is the 8th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 358 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Wednesday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is December 26, 2019 – a Wednesday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 26,307,360 minutes has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘octagon’ day.

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Capricorn is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Garnet is the modern birthstone for this month. Emerald is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 17 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,574 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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January 8 Historical Events

  • 871
    Alfred the Great leads a West Saxon army to repel an invasion by Danelaw Vikings.
  • 1499
    Louis XII of France marries Anne of Brittany.
  • 1780
    An earthquake of estimated magnitude 7.7 hits the city of Tabriz, Iran, killing about 80,000 people and causing major damage.
  • 1806
    Cape Colony becomes a British colony.
  • 1920
    The steel strike of 1919 ends in a complete failure for the Amalgamated Association of Iron, Steel and Tin Workers labor union.
  • 1940
    World War II: Britain introduces food rationing.
  • 1945
    World War II: Philippine Commonwealth troops under the Philippine Commonwealth Army units was enter the province of Ilocos Sur in Northern Luzon and attack Japanese Imperial forces.
  • 1962
    The Harmelen train disaster killed 93 people in the Netherlands.
  • 1971
    Bowing to international pressure, President of Pakistan Zulfikar Ali Bhutto releases Bengali leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from prison, who had been arrested after declaring the independence of Bangladesh.
  • 1979
    The tanker Betelgeuse explodes in Bantry Bay, Ireland.

Who were born on January 8?

  • 1788
    Archduke Rudolph of Austria (d. 1831)
  • 1821
    W.H.L. Wallace, American Union general (d. 1862)
  • 1909
    Willy Millowitsch, German actor (d. 1999)
  • 1941
    Graham Chapman, British comedian (d. 1989)
  • 1947
    Don Bendell, American author & karate master
  • 1971
    Pascal Zuberbühler, Swiss footballer
  • 1979
    Stipe Pletikosa, Croatian footballer
  • 1986
    Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (d. 2003)
  • 1986
    Jessica Parker Kennedy, Canadian actress
  • 1989
    Kristján Einar, Icelandic racing driver

Who died on January 8?

  • 1570
    Philibert de l'Orme, French architect (b. c. 1510)
  • 1713
    Arcangelo Corelli, Italian composer (b. 1653)
  • 1775
    John Baskerville, English printer (b. 1706)
  • 1950
    Joseph Schumpeter, Austrian economist (b. 1883)
  • 1986
    Pierre Fournier, French cellist (b. 1906)
  • 2005
    Michel Thomas, Polish linguist (b. 1914)
  • 2005
    Warren Spears, American choreographer and dancer (b. 1954)
  • 2006
    Tony Banks, British politician (b. 1943)
  • 2008
    George Moore, Australian champion jockey (b. 1923)
  • 2011
    Thorbjørn Svenssen, Norwegian footballer (b. 1924)

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